Old Mole Variety Hour

 

The Old Mole burrows down to the roots of the great issues of our time – the struggles of ordinary people for democratic and sustainable ways of life.  The Mole goes where corporate media fear to tread, supporting grassroots challenges to top-down authority and giving voice to movements that shake the foundations of an unjust society.  The Moles' perspective is democratic, broadly socialist, and feminist.  (We count Karl Marx as a friend).

Here is why we call this show "The Old Mole"

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 Our theme "Mole in the Ground" is by Bascom Lamar Lunsford  (1924), somtimes blended with a newer versions, like the one  by dj/rupture, sung by Sindhu Zagoren.  It's on the album Special Gunpowder

Our graphic lettering is  by Charlie Ertola.

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Episode Archive

Old Mole Variety Hour on 09/02/13

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Mon, 09/02/2013 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Lifestyle Drugs, Left and the Law on Chelsea Manning, D. Graeber on jobs, labor-themed Well-read Red

Joe Clement hosts this Labor Day Old Mole and we hear:

Old Mole Variety Hour on 08/26/13

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Mon, 08/26/2013 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Social Security, "Fruitvale Station", and money and political cynicism

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Tom Becker hosts this show featuring Bill Resnick interviewing Max Richtman about the need to defend and extend both Social Security and Medicare; our Movie Moles reviewing Fruitvale Station; Clayton Morgareidge presenting an argument from David Graeber about how deeply money controls politics and how to overcome  the  resulting cynicism from both Right and Left about politics; and Tom reading from the left press.  

Old Mole Variety Hour on 08/19/13

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Mon, 08/19/2013 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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People's movements for freedom, "Orange is the New Black," more on community radio

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Clayton Morgareidge will host this show featuring a hopeful discussion the rolling and global wave of people's movements for freedom, a review of the TV series about women in prison "Orange is the New Black," more of our series on community radio with Paul Roland, and  Larry Bowlden's review of Jane Smiley's recent novel "Private Life".  

Old Mole Variety Hour on 08/05/13

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Mon, 08/05/2013 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Capital Social Relations and "economic man", South African politics, anarchist organizing

Joe Clement hosts this episode and we hear:

Old Mole Variety Hour on 07/29/13

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Mon, 07/29/2013 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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A program of social and political commentary from a socialist-feminist point of view.

Old Mole Variety Hour on 07/22/13

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Mon, 07/22/2013 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Egypt, LGBTQI workers' rights, book mole, class & workers' co-ops

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Frann Michel hosts the July 22, 2013 episode of the Mole, and we hear from

  • Bill Resnick talking with an expert on Egypt and left responses
  • Book mole Larry Bowlden reviewing Susanna Moore's novel, The Life of Objects (first published in 2012)
  • Joe Clement interviewing wobblies Adam & Daisy about the often missing or distorted class dimensions of worker-ownership schemes
  • Denise Morris talking with Yasmin Nair about anti-discrimination for lgbtq and the need to build a broader movement to fight at will labor law

 

 

Old Mole Variety Hour on 07/01/13

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Mon, 07/01/2013 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Hour of social and political commentary from a socialist-feminist perspctive

Joe Clement hosts this episode of the Old Mole and we hear:

Old Mole Variety Hour on 06/24/13

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Mon, 06/24/2013 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Mondragon and economic democracy, the politics of community radio, Nietzsche and Neoliberalism

Iven Hale hosts the next episode of the Old Mole and we hear:

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Old Mole Variety Hour for January 12, 2009

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Sun, 01/11/2009

 

 

Bill Resnick hosts this edition of the show which deals with the crisis in Gaza, a 1951 Sci-Fi movie about war and peace, and why the minimum wage needs raising in the current economic crisis.  Resnick also plays music by Palestinian and Israeli musican exiles from the album Exile, a fusion of jazz and Middle Eastern music.  Quoting from a review at KlezmerShack, "It is also disquieting, and will be especially disquieting to many given the current situation in Israel. To realize that the quiet, moving ballad, "Jenin" is a transposition of a Yiddish folk song about a Russian town in which a pogrom was carried about is not a quiet thing, especially in the light of recent history of Jenin (and myths about same)."

You can hear the whole Mole (which includes the music) by clicking on the arrow above.  Or hear separate pieces (and find much more information) by following their links below:

1.  Raising the Minimum Wage: an interview with Holly Sklar.

2.  Uri Avineri's article "Molten Lead," read by Jan Haaken.

3.  The Gaza Attacks:  Jan Haaken talks with Portland peace activists.

4.  "The Day the Earth Stood Still" (in 1951): Movie Moles review one that's old but good.

Molten Lead: Terror in Gaza

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Sun, 01/11/2009

Uri Avineri, former Israeli Cabinet member and Israeli peace activist, argues against the current attacks on Gaza in this piece  called "Molten Lead," read here by Jan Haaken.  The printed text is here.  

  • Title: "Molten Lead"
  • Album: Gaza
  • Length: 7:10 minutes (4.1 MB)
  • Format: MP3 Mono 44kHz 80Kbps (CBR)

Move Moles: "Slumdog" and "Wendy"

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Mon, 01/05/2009

Movie Moles Fran Michele and Jan Haaken compare, contrast, and recommend two current films, "Slumdog Millionaire" and "Wendy and Lucy".  Wendy and Lucy was shot here in Portland. 

Solving the Housing Crisis

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Sun, 01/04/2009


ForeclosuresUnemploymentPoverty.  At least  a third of the nation ill-housed or un-housed.  What to do?  Chester Hartman has written widely on housing issues, and he talks with the Old Mole's Bill Resnick.  Hartman, an urban planner and author, is Director of Research of the Poverty & Race Research Action Council in Washington, DC.

Insane War in Gaza

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Sun, 01/04/2009

"ISRAEL’s war in Gaza is an act of political insanity. It is the product of a deeply disturbed society, able neither to curb its military arrogance nor calm its profound paranoia. The consequences are likely to be painful for Israel’s long-term prospects."  So argues a leading British writer on the middle east, Patrick Seale, in this essay read here by Tom Becker.  You can find it in print at the Saudi Gazette.

A New Capitalism?

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Sun, 01/04/2009

Neo-liberalism has been discredited by the current economic crisis.  What will replace it?   Walden Bello argues that it will be "Global Social Democracy" -- in some ways better than the failed ideas that got us into this mess, but it's still as undemocratic as capitalism has always been.  Bill Resnick reads from Bello's essay, which you can find on line here.

Old Mole Variety Hour for January 5, 2009

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Sun, 01/04/2009

Tom Becker hosts the first Old Mole show of 2009.  Topics include

Hear the whole show by clicking on the arrow at the top of the page.  Hear individual pieces by following the links above, where you can also find links to more information.

 

Book Mole: "Sights Unseen"

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Sun, 12/28/2008

Kaye Gibbons writes about growing up with (and without)  a mother who is mentally ill in her novel Sights Unseen, reviewed here by Larry Bowlden. 

Obama's Education Secretary

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Sun, 12/28/2008

 

The CEO of the Chicago Public Schools, Arne Duncan, has been chosen to be Secretary of Education in the Obama Cabinet.  What does his track record suggest is ahead for schools?  It's not a progressive picture.   Clayton Morgareidge reads from an article by Henry A. Giroux and Kenneth Saltman that appeared on t r u t h o u t

 

Old Mole Variety Hour for December 29, 2008

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Sun, 12/28/2008

Hosted by Clayton Morgareidge, this program looks at how the emerging Obama administration is walking the  line between public interest and private profit in two areas: health care and education.  It  features several great drum solos from the jazz world (mostly curtailed in the webcast for copyright reasons), and  Larry Bowlden's review of  Unseen Sights, a novel about mental health and its costs. 

One drum piece is heard in its entirety (following Larry's book review); it's by Glen Sheidt of Iretsu.

To hear the whole show, click  on the arrow above. To listen to individual pieces, follow the links below:

1.  Socialism's comeback: the view from Europe.  An article by Neil Clark read by Tom Becker.

2.  Bill Resnick and Paul Gorman discuss a wider range of  options for health care than Obama seems to have in mind.

3.  How to leverage the debate on health care into something bigger.  Clayton Morgareidge comments.

4.  Sights Unseen -- our Book Mole's take on Kaye Gibbons's novel about mental  illness.

5.  Worries about Arne Duncan, Obama's  Secretary of Education.  Clayton reads from an article by Giroux and Saltman.

Comments

Avatar's Jake Sully is ---- Tarzan - - -

 

A great review I've seen on Avatar (and how the soldier will save the people):

http://www.progressive.org/mp/danto010510.html

There is a link from there that exposes Cameron's plot as a mirror of Pocahontas, amazing parallel!      http://failblog.org/2010/01/10/avatar-plot-fail/

 

Since watching Avatar, I have viewed older videos on DVD and would rate that ahead of Avatar.

 

mel

 

 

 

commentary transcripts

It's convenient to have the Old Mole audio files available.
Even more useful for some of us would be transcripts of the commentaries (Clayton Morgareidge). Written material allows a person a chance to review, consider, digest and refer to mentioned references & thinkers. The "Well Read Red" commentary from 4 Aug 08 is a good example of a piece I'd like to read at my own pace.

transcripts

We will see to it that this happens whenever there is a prepared text. Thanks for the suggestion. Clayton Morgareidge The Old Mole Variety Hour

These folks are so profound

These folks are so profound and fascinating, especially the Resnick guy. Wow!

 

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